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Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Anamosa Man Sentenced to Over Eleven Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced today to over eleven years in federal prison.

Austin Marek, age 23, of Anamosa, Iowa, received the sentence after a June 4, 2018, guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Marek admitted that, in 2016, he knowingly possessed child pornography, including at least one image of prepubescent children. 

Marek was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Marek was sentenced to 136 months’ imprisonment.  Special assessments of $5,100 were imposed, and Marek must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release.  He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 18-34. 

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Updated November 8, 2018